The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Academics & Research
113 Research Centers

The number of research centers located on campus

Academics & Research

Across UChicago’s graduate divisions and professional schools, one theme is overwhelmingly constant: No matter the subject, our students and faculty are committed to an enthusiastic pursuit of knowledge. In every graduate program, we seek deep understanding of fundamental disciplines, then redefine the scope of possibilities. The result is scholarship that breaks ground, crosses boundaries, and asks all involved to contribute to solving the world’s biggest problems. This spirit of inquiry connects you to innovative research opportunities and visionary faculty, and it leads to discoveries that enrich human life around the globe.

Divisions & Schools

Both graduate research and professional training have been part of UChicago's history from nearly the beginning. Our initial academic structure combined an English-style liberal arts education with a German-style approach to graduate research. Professional training came when our first president, William Rainey Harper, believed a great research institution should include the scholarly study of religion, both to prepare scholars for careers in training and research, and also to educate ministers for service to the church. As a result, the Divinity School became the first professional school at the University.

Today, the University of Chicago is organized by an Undergraduate College, four Graduate Divisions, six Professional Schools, and a school for continuing education:

Graduate Divisions

Graduate Professional Schools

Continuing Education

Faculty & Research


At UChicago, you’ll gain unparalleled access to some of the world’s most innovative scholars; our current faculty includes eight Nobel laureates, while 85–more than 16 percent of all Nobelists–have been associated with the University over its history. UChicago faculty promote discussion and critical thinking, teaching students not what to think, but how, and welcoming students as peers in debate and research.


Research at the University of Chicago has advanced the way we see our world. Breakthroughs by UChicago students and faculty have produced new schools of thought and fields of study, earning them prestigious awards along the way. Two National Laboratories and myriad institutes and centers provide opportunities and support.